Like most of the serums from MyChelle Dermaceuticals, this is water-based formula that contains the skin irritants witch hazel and alcohol among other problematic ingredients. What's frustrating is that this serum contains many good ingredients, but there's no sense in purchasing this knowing the irritants present a problem that shouldn't be overlooked (see below for info on how irritation damages skin).
The vitamin A in this serum is retinol, which is great for anti-aging, but not when it's joined by fragrant citrus oils that can hurt rather than help skin. Plus, since retinol can be sensitizing for some people, it doesn't make sense to mix it with ingredients that can heighten that potential. For what this costs you can find superior serums with retinol that only contain beneficial ingredients.
Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For these reasons, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
Accelerates cellular turnover for clear, youthful, even-toned skin.
Aqua (Water), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Alcohol Denatured (Grain), Glycerin (Vegetable), Polysorbate 20 (Plant), Sodium Hyaluronate (L) (Sugar), Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Retinol, Cyclodextran (Plant), Cholecalciferol (D3), Thioctic (R-lipoic) Acid (Plant), Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloudberry Seed) Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Vigna Aconitifolia (Moth Bean) Seed Extract (Vit-A-like™), Polygonum Cuspidatum (Giant Knotweed/ Resveratrol) Extract, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Citrus Sinensis var. Sanguina (Blood Orange) Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil (Tocomin®), Tocotrienols, Tocopherol (D-Alpha), Glycyrrhetinic Acid (Licorice Root), Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Oil, Citrus Paradisi (White Grapefruit) Peel Oil*. Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Santalum Austrocaledonicum (Sandalwood) Wood Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Fragrance/Parfum (Natural), Xanthan Gum (Fermented Sugar), Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate
Colorado-based MyChelle is sold in many health food, specialty supplement and vitamin shops, and spas. It was started by Myra Michelle Eby, an entrepreneur whose background includes years working in the natural products industry. Eby's background was mostly in sales and she translated that talent into creating MyChelle.
Like many lines that heavily emphasize natural ingredients, MyChelle spurns synthetic ingredients as always being bad or toxic. The company's catalog provides an ingredient dictionary that glorifies every natural ingredient they use as having multiple benefits for skin, but it leaves out any of the negative research proving that many plant (i.e., natural) extracts can have a negative effect on skin. Once again consumers are being fed a pipe dream that a natural product is the answer to their skin-care concerns. Depending on the MyChelle product you choose, you could be putting your skin at considerable risk for irritation, free-radical damage, and potentially phototoxic reactions when skin is exposed to sunlight. As is often the case with new skin-care companies promising the world, MyChelle has over a dozen moisturizers and serums proclaiming their lifting antiwrinkle properties, but it sells only one sunscreen, which they identify as being for the body not the face. None of that adds up to great skin care.
Ironically, while MyChelle products have lots of missteps, many of the products also contain several proven beneficial ingredients for skin alongside the irritating ones. Antioxidants, retinol, peptides, and skin-identical ingredients are often included, but when these great ingredients are mixed with ingredients that cause irritation, destroy skin cells, and cause collagen breakdown, they are fighting an uphill battle to provide your skin with any benefit.
Please don't misunderstand: we're all for natural as long as it doesn't make matters worse for skin, but that's simply not the case with the majority of products in this line. As for the "Dermaceuticals" portion of the name, well, that's just one more meaningless marketing term to look past, as there is nothing dermatologic or pharmaceutical about any of these products.
For more information about MyChelle Dermaceuticals, call (800) 447-2076 or visit www.mychelle.com.